REVEALED; Why people are obeying sit-at-home directives – South-East Governor opens up

REVEALED; Why people are obeying sit-at-home directives – South-East Governor opens up

Governor Hope Uzodimma of Imo State, yesterday, said that people in the southeast obey the sit-at-home order by the Indigenous Peoples of Biafra, IPOB, just to avoid being killed.

The governor also denied having knowledge of the presence of the ‘men’ of the former Niger Delta militants, Asari Dokubo operating in Imo State to maintain peace as he (Dokubo) recently claimed.

This is as the governor said that the issue of the self-styled Biafran Prime Minister, Simon Ekpa, who stays in Finland to give stay-at-home orders in the southeast is to be handled by the Federal Government as the issue of foreign affairs is under the exclusive list.

Senator Uzodimma stated the above after he met behind closed doors with President Bola Tinubu at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The Imo State Governor, who is Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum whole briefing State House correspondents said that he was at the seat of power to seek appointment with the president on behalf of the region’s leaders.

He said as non-state actors, IPOB has no authority to issue the order but people stay away because of the amount of killing perpetrated in the area.

According to him, The situation in the southeast is not as simple as some people think. There’s no government directive for sit-at-home procedure to either local government directive nor any state nor the zone.

“But the situation is that because of the indiscriminate killing of people and high level of insecurity, our people are so afraid to come out, not only because there’s any sit at home.

“It is perception management that we’re trying to do. So, there is too much fear into the people. Otherwise, how can non-state actors give sit-at-home order and it will be obeyed.

“People are scared. People are afraid because of what they’ve seen in the past. And nobody wants to die. Neither me nor anybody.

“So, that is why the federal government comes in to step up very high security measures to manage the situation. The sense of security will come back to the citizenry and they will be able to go about their businesses.”

Uzodinma affirmed that his visit to the villa centred on the security situation in the country and a follow-up of the decision of the leadership of Ohaneze Ndigbo, governors of the southeast and the political leaders from the zone to seek an audience with the president

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